West Union man in custody after troopers said they found evidence he sexually assaulted 4-year-old girl


WEST UNION, W.Va. — A West Union man is in custody after troopers said they found evidence that he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl.

On Feb. 6, troopers with the Doddridge County detachment of the West Virginia State Police received information from Ruby Memorial Hospital, in Morgantown, that a 4-year-old girl had been brought in and was suspected to be a victim of sexual abuse, according to a criminal complaint.

David Eakle

The minor had told employees at the hospital that David Eakle, 50, of West Union had assaulted her, and that she had been made to touch his genitals and perform sexual acts, troopers said.

The incidents occurred between Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 at a residence in West Union, troopers said. During the interview, the minor was so young she could not “differentiate male and female body parts,” and a medical examination corroborated the testimony she gave to medical staff, according to the complaint.

Eakle had been charged with first-degree sexual assault. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail, with bail set at $75,000.

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